|Slang City Mail|
|February 3, 2005|
Slang of the
Week: shit happens (phrase)
Most of our newsletters are about newer words, but a freak accident that happened less than forty miles from Slang City headquarters inspired me to revisit this classic slang expression. Last week in Leominster, Massachusetts, Nina Gambone ran outside when she heard what she thought was an explosion.
It was actually a beach ball sized piece of frozen human waste that had fallen from an airplane and smashed her car. Although the aircraft industry calls this kind of waste “blue ice,” Gambone’s 13-year-old son was less polite. “I'm not touching the poop ice," he said.
Not only did the unfortunate woman have to clean up the mess herself, but when she filed a claim, she found she was shit out of luck. The insurance company would not take responsibility for things that fell out of the sky and she now must try to figure out which airline was responsible for dropping the load.
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